New Arrivals · Downloadable Audiobooks

October 1, 2014
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

13 hours [electronic resource] : the inside account of what really happened in Benghazi

September 30, 2014
Zuckoff, Mitchell, author.
Ashland : Blackstone Audio, Inc., 2014.
1 sound file : digital
Duration: 07:43:37
A Note to the Reader -- Prologue -- Benghazi -- The Annex -- The Ambassador -- September 11, 2012 -- Overrun -- Gunfighter Road -- Man Down -- Counter-Attack -- Zombieland -- Hard Target -- Incoming? -- Mortars! -- Convoy -- Epilogue -- Cast of Characters -- A Note on Sources.
"The harrowing, true account from the brave men on the ground who fought back during the Battle of Benghazi. 13 HOURS presents, for the first time ever, the true account of the events of September 11, 2012, when terrorists attacked the US State Department Special Mission Compound and a nearby CIA station called the Annex in Benghazi, Libya. A team of six American security operators fought to repel the attackers and protect the Americans stationed there. Those men went beyond the call of duty, performing extraordinary acts of courage and heroism, to avert tragedy on a much larger scale. This is their personal account, never before told, of what happened during the thirteen hours of that now-infamous attack. 13 HOURS sets the record straight on what happened during a night that has been shrouded in mystery and controversy. Written by New York Times bestselling author Mitchell Zuckoff, this riveting book takes readers into the action-packed story of heroes who laid their lives on the line for one another, for their countrymen, and for their country. 13 HOURS is a stunning, eye-opening, and intense book--but most importantly, it is the truth. The story of what happened to these men--and what they accomplished--is unforgettable"-- Provided by publisher.

Devotion [electronic resource] : a memoir

September 30, 2014
Shapiro, Dani.
New York : HarperCollins, 2013.
1 sound file : digital
Read by the author.
Duration: 07:20:18
In this spiritual detective story, Shapiro explores the varieties of experience she has pursued--from the rituals of her black hat Orthodox Jewish relatives to yoga "shalas" and meditation retreats--and the surprisingly joyful quest she undertook to find meaning in a constantly changing world.

The Marco effect [electronic resource]

September 30, 2014
Adler-Olsen, Jussi.
New York : Books on Tape, 2014.
1 sound file : digital
Read by Graeme Malcolm.
Duration: 15:19:45
The New York Times and internationally bestselling author returns with an astonishing and sinister case for Department Q All fifteen-year-old Marco Jameson wants is to become a Danish citizen and go to school like a normal teenager. But his uncle Zola rules his former gypsy clan with an iron fist. Revered as a god and feared as a devil, Zola forces the children of the clan to beg and steal for his personal gain...

What if? [electronic resource] : serious scientific answers to absurd hypothetical questions

September 30, 2014
Munroe, Randall, author.
Ashland : Blackstone Audio, Inc., 2014.
1 sound file : digital
Duration: 06:36:45
"Millions of people visit xkcd.com each week to read Randall Munroe's iconic webcomic. His stick-figure drawings about science, technology, language, and love have a large and passionate following. Fans of xkcd ask Munroe a lot of strange questions. What if you tried to hit a baseball pitched at 90 percent the speed of light? How fast can you hit a speed bump while driving and live? If there was a robot apocalypse, how long would humanity last? In pursuit of answers, Munroe runs computer simulations, pores over stacks of declassified military research memos, solves differential equations, and consults with nuclear reactor operators. His responses are masterpieces of clarity and hilarity, complemented by signature xkcd comics. They often predict the complete annihilation of humankind, or at least a really big explosion. The book features new and never-before-answered questions, along with updated and expanded versions of the most popular answers from the xkcd website. What If? will be required reading for xkcd fans and anyone who loves to ponder the hypothetical. "-- Provided by publisher.

Mr. Mercedes [electronic resource] : a novel

September 30, 2014
King, Stephen, 1947-
New York : Simon & Schuster Audio, 2014.
1 sound file : digital
Read by Will Patton.
Duration: 14:22:30
In a mega-stakes, high-suspense race against time, three of the most unlikely and winning heroes Stephen King has ever created try to stop a lone killer from blowing up thousands. In the frigid pre-dawn hours, in a distressed Midwestern city, hundreds of desperate unemployed folks are lined up for a spot at a job fair. Without warning, a lone driver plows through the crowd in a stolen Mercedes, running over the innocent, backing up, and charging again...

The death of Lucy Kyte [electronic resource] : a new mystery featuring Josephine Tey

September 30, 2014
Upson, Nicola.
Old Saybrook : Tantor Media, 2014.
1 sound file : digital
Read by Wanda McCaddon.
Duration: 11:21:04
When British novelist Josephine Tey inherits her estranged godmother's home Red Barn Cottage, murder and intrigue from a century ago still haunts the village and could be connected to the mysterious benefactress Lucy Kyte.

City of bones [electronic resource]

September 30, 2014
Connelly, Michael, 1956-
New York : Hachette Audio, 2005.
1 sound file : digital
Peter J. Fernandez.
Duration: 11:05:51
The bones of a 12-year-old boy are found scattered in a remote canyon in the Hollywood Hills. A grid search is conducted, delineated like city blocks, on the hillside where the bones are found. For Harry Bosch, the city of angels becomes the city of bones. The case awakens all manner of police and political machinations, delves into a family's dark history, and opens up Bosch's own childhood memories. City of bones exposes the hidden parts of the human heart, the places where morals are confronted by reality ... and the naked heart of a city.

FDR [electronic resource]

September 30, 2014
Smith, Jean Edward.
New York : Books on Tape, 2007.
1 sound file : digital
Read by Marc Cashman.
Duration: 32:52:17
One of today's premier biographers has written a modern, comprehensive, indeed ultimate book on the epic life of Franklin Delano Roosevelt. In this superlative volume, Jean Edward Smith combines contemporary scholarship and a broad range of primary source material to provide an engrossing narrative of one of America's greatest presidents. This is a portrait painted in broad strokes and fine details. We see how Roosevelt's restless energy, fierce intellect, personal magnetism, and ability to project effortless grace permitted him to master countless challenges throughout his life. Smith recounts FDR's battles with polio and physical disability, and how these experiences helped forge the resolve that FDR used to surmount the economic turmoil of the Great Depression and the wartime threat of totalitarianism. Here also is FDR's private life depicted with unprecedented candor and nuance, with close attention paid to the four women who molded his personality and helped to inform his worldview: His mother, Sara Delano Roosevelt, formidable yet ever supportive and tender; his wife, Eleanor, whose counsel and affection were instrumental to FDR's public and individual achievements; Lucy Mercer, the great romantic love of FDR's life; and Missy LeHand, FDR's longtime secretary, companion, and confidante, whose adoration of her boss was practically limitless.

The great omission [electronic resource] : reclaiming Jesus's essential teachings on discipleship

September 30, 2014
Willard, Dallas, 1935-2013.
Escondido : christianaudio, 2009.
1 sound file : digital
Read by Grover Gardner.
Duration: 07:26:32
Before Jesus ascended into heaven, he gave one final command, often called The Great Commission. He ordered his followers to 'make disciples of all the nations.' Dallas Willard discusses his belief that these instructions have been perverted in a manner which discourages indigenous followers and does a disservice to Christianity. Willard calls the Christian practice of acquiring 'Christians' rather than 'disciples' The Great Omission

Obsession untamed [electronic resource] : a Feral Warriors novel

September 30, 2014
Palmer, Pamela, 1959-
Old Saybrook : Tantor Media, 2014.
1 sound file : digital
Rob Shapiro.
Duration: 09:36:27
Delaney Randall suffers nightmares whenever she closes her eyes and it seems a brutal serial killer has found his way inside the FBI agent's head. Now she experiences the murders through his eyes until the night he breaks into her apartment and she fears she will be the next to die. But the man is Tighe, a dangerous Feral Warrior who needs her and her visions to stop the violence. Tighe does not care for humans, but when he and Delaney join forces to track the dark fiend, he falls for her beauty and becomes wild with an obsession as untamed as his heart

The age of wonder [electronic resource] : how the romantic generation discovered the beauty and terror of science

September 30, 2014
Holmes, Richard, 1945-
Ashland : Blackstone Audio, Inc., 2011.
1 sound file : digital
Read by Gildart Jackson
Duration: 21:26:34
The Age of Wonder is a colorful and utterly absorbing history of the men and women whose discoveries and inventions at the end of the eighteenth century gave birth to the Romantic Age of Science. When young Joseph Banks stepped onto a Tahitian beach in 1769, he hoped to discover Paradise. Inspired by the scientific ferment sweeping through Britain, the botanist had sailed with Captain Cook in search of new worlds. Other voyages of discovery-astronomical, chemical, poetical, philosophical-swiftly follow in Richard Holmes's thrilling evocation of the second scientific revolution. Through the lives of William Herschel and his sister Caroline, who forever changed the public conception of the solar system; of Humphry Davy, whose near-suicidal gas experiments revolutionized chemistry; and of the great Romantic writers, from Mary Shelley to Coleridge and Keats, who were inspired by the scientific breakthroughs of their day, Holmes brings to life the era in which we first realized both the awe-inspiring and the frightening possibilities of science-an era whose consequences are with us still

How to seduce a vampire (without really trying) [electronic resource]

September 30, 2014
Sparks, Kerrelyn, author.
New York : HarperCollins, 2014.
1 sound file : digital
Performed by Amy Rubinate.
Duration: 10:24:10
While searching for the truth about his father's death, vampire Zoltan Czakvar meets his match in Neona, who believes him to be her mate but is hiding a dark secret that could forever change the vampire world.

The best yes [electronic resource] : making wise decisions in the midst of endless demands

September 30, 2014
TerKeurst, Lysa.
Nashville : Thomas Nelson Publishers, 2014.
1 sound file : digital
Lysa TerKeurst.
Duration: 06:31:38
The author discusses how to cure the disease to please with a biblical understanding of the command to love; how to escape the guilt of disappointing others by learning the secret of the small no; how to overcome the agony of hard choices by embracing a wisdom based decision-making process; and, how to rise above the rush of endless demands and discover your best yes today.

Nothing to fear [electronic resource] : FDR's inner circle and the hundred days that created modern America

September 30, 2014
Cohen, Adam (Adam Seth)
Old Saybrook : Tantor Media, 2009.
1 sound file : digital
Read by Norman Dietz.
Duration: 14:10:56
Nothing to Fear brings to life a fulcrum moment in American history-the tense, feverish first one hundred days of Franklin Delano Roosevelt's presidency, when he and his inner circle completely reinvented the role of the federal government. When FDR took his oath of office in March 1933, more than 10,000 banks had gone under following the Crash of 1929, a quarter of American workers were unemployed, and riots were breaking out at garbage dumps as people fought over scraps of food. Before the hundred days, the federal government was limited in scope and ambition; by the end, it had assumed an active responsibility for the welfare of all of its citizens.Adam Cohen provides an illuminating group portrait of the five members of FDR's inner circle who, more than any others, drove this unprecedented transformation. These five men and women frequently pushed FDR to embrace more radical programs than he would have otherwise. FDR came to the White House with few firm commitments about how to resolve this national crisis-as a politician he was more pragmatic than ideological and, perhaps surprising given his New Deal legacy, a fiscal conservative by nature. Instead, he relied heavily on his advisers and preferred when they had conflicting views so that he could choose the best option among them. For this reason, he kept in close confidence both Frances Perkins-a feminist before her time and the strongest advocate for social welfare programs-and Lewis Douglas, an entrenched budget cutter who frequently clashed with the other members of FDR's progressive inner circle. Rather than commit to a single solution or ideology, FDR favored a policy of "bold, persistent experimentation." As a result, he presided over the most feverish period of government activity in American history, one that gave birth to modern America.The political fault lines of this era-welfare, government regulation, agriculture policy-remain with us today. Nothing to Fear is both a riveting narrative account of the personal dynamics that shaped the heady hundred days and a character study of one of America's defining leaders in a moment of crisis.

In the blood [electronic resource]

September 30, 2014
Unger, Lisa, 1970- author.
New York : Simon & Schuster Audio, 2014.
1 sound file : digital
Read by Gretchen Mol, Candace Thaxon.
Duration: 10:04:34
Lana Granger lives a life of lies. She has told so many lies about where she comes from and who she is that the truth is like a cloudy nightmare she can't quite recall. About to graduate from college and with her trust fund almost tapped out, she takes a job babysitting a troubled boy named Luke. Expelled from schools all over the country, the manipulative young Luke is accustomed to controlling the people in his life. But, in Lana, he may have met his match.

The divine conspiracy continued [electronic resource] : fulfilling God's kingdom on earth

September 30, 2014
Willard, Dallas, 1935-2013, author.
New York : HarperCollins, 2014.
1 sound file : digital
Read by Alan Winter.
Duration: 13:11:31
In The Divine Conspiracy, revered Christian philosopher and scholar Dallas Willard critiqued the church's obsession with "sin management" and revolutionized our understanding of true Christian discipleship. Jesus is not a remote savior, waiting to welcome us into heaven after we die, Willard argued. He is a dynamic living force, a leader and teacher to whom we apprentice ourselves to learn the sacred skills God wants us to embrace, and to fulfill his son's vision when Christ declared that the "kingdom of God has come." In The Divine Conspiracy Continued, co-written with theologian Gary Black, Jr., Willard lays out the next stage in God's plan as this generation of disciples, including ordained and lay leaders, step into positions of authority across our culture and begin to transform the world from the inside out. To fulfill the Christian calling is not to remove oneself from the outside world and take shelter from its shortcomings, Willard reminds us, but to step into the world to lead and serve as agents of change.

We wish to inform you that tomorrow we will be killed with our families [electronic resource] : stories from Rwanda

September 30, 2014
Gourevitch, Philip, 1961-
Ashland : Blackstone Audio, Inc., 2007.
1 sound file : digital
Read by Jeff Cummings.
Duration: 11:21:05
In April of 1994, the government of Rwanda called on everyone in the Hutu majority to kill everyone in the Tutsi minority. Over the next three months, 800,000 Tutsis were murdered in the most unambiguous case of genocide since Hitler's war against the Jews. Philip Gourevitch's haunting work is an anatomy of the killings in Rwanda, a vivid history of the genocide's background, and an unforgettable account of what it means to survive in its aftermath.

Demon [electronic resource]

September 30, 2014
Douglas, Kristina.
Old Saybrook : Tantor Media, 2011.
1 sound file : digital
Read by Karen White, Paul Costanzo.
Duration: 09:22:12
He's a devil of an angel. She's an angel of a demon. Angels and demons don't mix.Azazel should have extinguished the deadly Lilith when he had the chance. Now, faced with a prophecy that will force him to betray the memory of his one true love and wed the Demon Queen, he cannot end her life until she leads him to Lucifer. Finding the First is the Fallen's only hope for protecting mankind from Uriel's destruction, but Azazel knows that ignoring his simmering desire for the Lilith will be almost as impossible.Rachel Fitzpatrick wonders how Azazel could confuse her with an evil seductress. She's never even been interested in sex! At least not before she set eyes on her breathtaking captor. And now she can't think about anything else-besides escape.Rachel stirs a carnal need in Azazel that he never thought he'd feel again. Falling for a demon-even if she has no idea she's the Lilith-means surrendering his very soul. But if he lets her go, he risks abandoning his heart, his dangerous lover, and possibly all of humanity, to Uriel's deadly wrath.

The organized mind [electronic resource] : thinking straight in the age of information overload

September 30, 2014
Levitin, Daniel J., author.
New York : Penguin Group US, 2014.
1 sound file : digital
Read by Luke Daniels.
Duration: 16:19:47

This boy's life [electronic resource] : a memoir

September 30, 2014
Wolff, Tobias, 1945-
Prince Frederick : HighBridge Company, 2010.
1 sound file : digital
Read by Oliver Wyman.
Duration: 10:01:55
An autobiographical account of growing up in a shifting and shiftless family. Toby's mother has trouble settling down and moves around quite a lot. Toby makes friends along the way and learns that growing up can be quite painful.

The sense of style [electronic resource] : the thinking person's guide to writing in the 21st century

September 30, 2014
Pinker, Steven, 1954-
New York : Books on Tape, 2014.
1 sound file : digital
Arthur Morey.
Duration: 12:26:25
"Pinker has a lot of ideas and sometimes controversial opinions about writing and in this entertaining and instructive book he rethinks the usage guide for the 21st century. Don't blame the internet, he says, good writing has always been hard. It requires imagination, taking pleasure in reading, overcoming the difficult we all have in imaging what it's like to not know something we do know"-- Provided by publisher.

A vision in velvet [electronic resource]

September 30, 2014
Blackwell, Juliet.
Old Saybrook : Tantor Media, 2014.
1 sound file : digital
Xe Sands.
Duration: 08:29:27
As soon as Lily opens the trunk, she feels strange vibrations coming from a velvet cloak. When she tries it on, Lily sees awful visions from the past. When the antiques dealer who sold her the cape is killed, Lily suspects a supernatural force did it. Then Lily's familiar, Oscar the potbellied pig, disappears. Lily will do anything to get him back, including battling the spirit of a powerful witcht. But even with the aid of her grandmother, it might be more than one sorceress can handle.

Rapture untamed [electronic resource] : a Feral Warriors novel

September 30, 2014
Palmer, Pamela, 1959-
Old Saybrook : Tantor Media, 2014.
1 sound file : digital
Rob Shapiro.
Duration: 09:38:11
-- The most combative--and tormented--of all the Ferals, Jag is a predator who hunts alone--until daemons terrorize the human population. To stop them, he partners with Olivia, a flame-haired Therian temptress as strong as she is beautiful. But Olivia is no ordinary immortal. The survivor of a vicious supernatural attack, she possesses a deadly and forbidden skill--one that must remain hidden, especially from the powerful Feral Warriors.As Jag and Olivia's sensual dance of dominance and seduction gets wilder and hotter, a dark force sets its sights on Olivia, threatening to destroy everything she has vowed to protect. And the only one who can save her soul is the arrogant jaguar shifter she lusts for but dares not love

Essentialism [electronic resource] : the disciplined pursuit of less

September 30, 2014
McKeown, Greg.
New York : Books on Tape, 2014.
1 sound file : digital
Read by the author.
Duration: 06:14:06
Discusses a systematic discipline for discerning what is absolutely essential, then eliminating everything that is not, so you can make the highest possible contribution towards the things that really matter.

The $1,000 genome [electronic resource] : the revolution in DNA sequencing and the new era of personalized medicine

September 30, 2014
Davies, Kevin, 1960-
1 sound file : digital
Read by Johnny Heller.
Duration: 10:23:01
Jim and Craig's excellent adventure -- 23 and you -- Everybody wants to change the world -- DNA dreams -- The British invasion -- Service call -- My genome and me -- Consumer reports -- Cease and desist -- Another week, another genome -- The 15-minute genome -- Personalized response -- The rest of us.
Since the conclusion of the Human Genome Project in 2003, scientists have been racing toward a grand goal: offering individuals a decoding of their complete genetic makeup for just $1,000. As Kevin Davies reveals in this exquisitely reported account, the $1,000 genome will be a reality by 2011 and it will usher in a whole new era of personalized, genomic medicine. Capable of presenting much more advanced information than the current crop of cheek-swab services, the $1,000 complete genome raises some extraordinary possibilities. We will be able to learn if we have genes that predispose us to a host of diseases and to take a wide range of preventative measures. Drug companies may be able to create versions of drugs tailored specifically to our individual DNA. But we may also face the psychological burden of learning that we have the gene for an incurable disease, such as Parkinson's. Acclaimed author Kevin Davies introduces the pioneers of this medical revolution and probes deeply into both the medical benefits and ethical issues of personal genetic testing, also exploring the psychological complexities of learning one's DNA results, based on both his own experience of being tested and that of a number of others. The $1,000 Genome is an indispensable guide to the new era of personalized medicine.

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